pact with the devil, er...the grinch

he was very convincing. that if i sign the agreement, there will be no Christmas this year and i'm not obliged to give anyone a gift. "anyone?"

not happening, i tell you. i've been promising myself i won't observe Christmas anymore but what do i do? i still go ahead and buy gifts for my grandchildren.

hey, mr. grinch! i still have to give the grands gifts, that's the exception right? right? hey!

-o0o-

combining the november word 'agreement' for today with week 47 of the 52 portraits of me challenge the prompt of which is "surreal". sometimes i can't believe how those people could come up with these prompts. so i came up with this idea of striking an agreement with mr. grinchy green. we're old buddies, as you can see from an old photograph of ours.

the big grinch image was grabbed from the worldwide web's google images. the photo of the grinch and me was taken in 2010 at a Christmas party i attended with the two grandsons - nobody wanted to have a photo with him and he was rather ecstatic when i asked. the black background was intentionally left unfinished.
This is great, you really are very artistic.
posted November 26th, 2017  
Sheer brilliance... wish I could get away with avoiding Christmas... it’s getting positively ridiculous!
posted November 26th, 2017  
Hard decision.
posted November 26th, 2017  
This is amazingly dear to my heart. I’d love to skip the holidays except now I realize my mom and grandma were probably as achy and exhausted as I am now and always made it happen for me.
posted November 26th, 2017  
This is brilliant, such a great concept. I did cancel Christmas one year and we then did years of helping at a Christmas meal for people who'd be on their own.
posted November 26th, 2017  
Utterly brilliant! You are so funny/serious... artistically and technically accomplished. FAV x 1000. We have a pact with our children and partners: only small inexpensive gifts. As a group we then decide what charity we want to support and individually decide how much we can afford to contribute. Resources are then pooled to make a large donation.
posted November 26th, 2017  
All these posts would look good in a photobook?! We stopped sending cards a few years ago and make charitable donations instead. We have no grandchildren so I guess it's easier for us to ignore Christmas (to a certain extent!)
posted November 26th, 2017  
Love it - this has been beautifully done and really made me laugh, except it has a tale.
posted November 26th, 2017  
So creative
posted November 26th, 2017  
Awesomely creative. I love, love, love this. Of course, grandchildren are an exception.
posted November 26th, 2017  
Very nice, funny, and creative. A beautiful processed card. Fav.
posted November 26th, 2017  
You have so many creative ideas and then actually carry them through. This is so very good and I often wish someone would put some such agreement in front of me. The thing that gets me most is people thinking I am responsible for coming up with, monitoring and organising ideas for all my family. Wouldn't mind so much if I could just do my own shopping.
posted November 26th, 2017  
You are so creative! Christmas when I was young was having a meal together with family, visiting other family, going for a walk and to the church. There were no gifts involved. Now living in Britain, it's a different culture all together and it's hard not to get sucked into this craziness.
posted November 26th, 2017  
Very creative
posted November 26th, 2017  
I like how you often incorporate yourself in your clever photos.
posted November 26th, 2017  
We made Christmas low-key a long time ago. For us it was never about the shopping or gift-giving anyway. It was about the One whose name starts it off. This is very clever, but that is not surprising!
posted November 30th, 2017  
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